Barangay chief bet, supporters block Comelec vehicle

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

Emmanuel Tupas – The Philippine Star

November 1, 2023 | 12:00am

An employee of the Quezon City Comelec office carries a ballot box for distribution to the 4th, 5th and 6th districts of the city yesterday ahead of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. A total 550 jeepneys were hired by the Quezon City government alongside the 170 city-owned vehicles to provide transport during the distribution and retrieval of ballot boxes and election paraphernalia as well as shuttle teachers, poll clerks and relevant personnel.

Jesse Bustos

MANILA, Philippines — Tension gripped a polling center in Quezon City before dawn yesterday after a candidate for barangay captain and his supporters attempted to block the delivery of ballot boxes.

The incident at the Pinyahan Elementary School in Barangay Pinyahan occurred when Jesus Lipnica Jr. and his followers allegedly blocked a service vehicle of the Commission of Elections (Comelec) as it was leaving the campus.

Police investigators said Lipnica, a former barangay chairman who is gunning for the same post in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, arrived at the school at around 2:40 a.m. and

prevented the vehicle from going to city hall.

Lipnica, according to probers, ordered his supporters to block the vehicle. Policemen from the Kamuning police station intervened and restored order.

The ballot boxes were transported to city hall.

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